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Taper Tipped Onion
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About Taper Tipped Onion (Allium acuminatum) Allium acuminatum , also known as the tapertip onion or Hooker's onion, a species in the genus Allium and is native to the Western United States and Canada. Its bulbs are small and spherical and smell like onions. The flowers are pink to purple on a long stem which appear after the leaves have died. The onions were eaten by first peoples in southern British Columbia. They were harvested in either early spring or late fall and usually cooked in pits.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1 ft (0.3 m)

Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Fast

Flower Color
Purple, Pink

Flowering Season
Summer
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter


Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Site Type
Hills and plains

Sun
Part Shade

Elevation ?
326' - 10165'

Annual Precip. ?
9.5" - 81.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.43" - 2.09"

Coldest Month ?
23.3° F - 46.3° F

Hottest Month ?
47.3° F - 71.0° F

Humidity ?
0.31 vpd - 21.92 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Sunset Zones ?
6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Tapertip Onion


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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